When Utah and Golden State get together Friday night, there will be some extra incentive for the Jazz.
The Jazz own the rights to four Warrior draft picks over the next four seasons — thanks to a July trade that sent Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and Brandon Rush to Utah, helping Golden State clear the cap space to acquire Andre Iguodala — and almost any Golden State loss would be a chance to improve future draft position.
Warriors at Jazz
O At EnergySolutions Arena
Tipoff » Friday, 8:30 p.m.
TV » ESPN, ROOT Sports
Radio » 1280 AM, 97.5 FM
Records » Jazz 16-29; Warriors 27-19
About the Jazz » Will be honoring Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan at halftime. … Thanks to a win over Sacramento on Monday, Utah is no longer last in the West. … Playing .500 basketball (15-15) over their last 30. … Three starters, forward Derrick Favors (sore right hip), point guard Trey Burke (gastric distress) and forward Richard Jefferson (gastric distress), are listed as game-time decisions.
About the Warriors » Leading scorer Steph Curry, arguably the league’s best shooter, is averaging 24 points a game. … Will be playing its third game in four nights Friday. … Have lost five of their last seven games. … Former Ute Andrew Bogut is ranked second in the league in field goal percentage, while averaging 7.9 points and 10.3 rebounds a night.
The first of those picks will come later this year, with the Jazz owning Golden State’s first-rounder. The Warriors record, 27-19 as of Friday, would put the pick at 22nd overall. But Jazz coach Ty Corbin isn’t paying much mind to that right now.
"Not at this juncture," he said. "The guys upstairs have a feel for that stuff and they pay more attention than I do. We’ve got so many things on the floor to worry about right now, we just worry about who we are."
Utah also owns Golden State’s first-round pick in 2017 and second round-picks in 2016 and 2017.
Call me maybe
After two straight appearances in the Slam Dunk contest, including one championship, Jeremy Evans hasn’t heard from the league about this year’s event.
He’s not pressing the issue, but he hasn’t given up hope either.
"I’ll just see if they’re going to call me up," he said. "The last couple years, it’s been the last week or two they call me. I thought why [would it be different this year] if they do call?"
The event will be held on Feb. 15 in New Orleans.
Asked if he had a dunk prepared just in case, Evans smiled and said, "I’m not going to say I’m ready, but I can always prepare."
After missing practice Wednesday with a sore right hip, forward Derrick Favors was a partial participant in practice Thursday. Point guard Trey Burke and Jefferson, meanwhile, both sat out with what the team called "gastric distress." All three players will be game-time decisions Friday.
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